Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi talks during a television interview broadcast in Cairo on May 6, 2014.

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President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is now calling his administration’s arrest and detention of three foreign Al-Jazeera journalists a public relations mistake, but international organizations say this is an understatement. The Los Angeles Times quoted HRW deputy director Joe Stork, who calls these imprisonments a continuation of Egypt’s “unrelenting assault on free expression” and says there was “zero evidence of wrongdoing” on the part of the journalists. All three have been charged with "aiding a terrorist group" and "falsifying news".

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